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Sold – 50ft. SILVER, ‘BROWN OWL CLASS’ MOTOR YACHT – Exceptional and Original – Lying: East Coast


50ft ‘BROWN OWL’ CLASS MOTOR-SAILER designed by John Bain and built by Silvers of Rosneath in 1934 for Robert Barr of Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire



Boat Details

Overall Length: 49ft 6ins
Waterline: 45ft 8ins
Beam: 11ft 6ins
Draught: 4ft 6ins
Displacement: 24 Tons TM
Engine: Pair 80hp Lister Diesel Engines
Berths: Six Berths in three cabins
Sail: Auxiliary Ketch Rig
Designer: John Bain
Builder: Silvers of Rosneath
Year Built: 1934
Location: East Coast


ISLANDA is an exceptionally rare and astonishingly original ‘Brown Owl’ Class Motor-Sailer built for Robert Barr junior of Hermiston, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire in 1934 to a John Bain design by Silvers of Rosneath. Originally launched as Islander she was re-named in 1935 and registered in Greenock, official number 163756. Originally ketch rigged with 401 square feet steading sails.

G E Woods-Humphreys CBE of St John’s Wood, London became the second registered owner before ISLANDA was requisitioned by H M Government, most likely for coastal patrol. After the war Sir Geoffrey Burton of Wasperton House, Warwick acquired the vessel moving her to a mooring in Southampton. Sir Geoffrey at the time also the owner of the Camper & Nicholson 50 Ton Schooner HOSHI.

In the mid 1950s Captain L W Cox MC purchased ISLANDA his address at the time The Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sandbanks, Poole. In 1960 Mr & Mrs W Graeme-Lines of Cudworth Manor, Newdigate, Surrey bought the vessel and moved her to Chichester. They changed the registry to Jersey and replaced the original Gleniffer oil engines with a pair of 80hp Lister Blackstone diesels which are still giving good service.

Ian Paterson of The Vale, Chelsea became the next owner taking ISLANDA on to the River Hamble, where she remained through the 1970s and 1980s until sold to Jeremy Wheeler of Winchester in 1989. Keith Ross of Thames Quay, Chelsea Harbour took over ownership in 1995 followed by the current owner in February 1997. ISLANDA is still Part One Registered in Jersey.

Carvel pitch-pine planked hull, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers and frames. Original varnished teak superstructure and teak skylights, hatches, covering boards and rubbing strakes. Swept, teak laid decks.
Long straight ballast keel, raked straight stem, three quarter raised deck with a swept break. Canoe stern, round bilges with runners. All bronze fittings, original deck hardware, teak capped aft stanchions.
Beautiful, original interior with quality teak joinery throughout retaining that wonderful period ambience of the 1930s.
Chain Locker
Double berth fore cabin
Heads compartment with restored original Baby Blake marine WC. Washbasin, shower fitting.
Full width fitted galley
Spacious Saloon with port side settee, cabinet and sideboard to starboard and athwartships bulkhead with oil fired stove
Deck Saloon/ Wheelhouse with fitted seating and helm position to port
Aft twin berth stateroom with ensuite heads



The ‘Brown Owl’ Class is possibly the most desirable of all the motor-yacht designs produced by Silvers in-house designer John Bain. A purposeful and capable sea-going, auxiliary motor-yacht of immense style and distinction with a lovely canoe stern. ISLANDA has been fortunate in having a succession of dedicated and careful owners with the means to maintain her to a high standard. The interior has a wonderful ambience evoking the style of the 1930s. The period engines add to the charm of this special boat.
Viewing Highly Recommended

GUIDE: SOLD – June 2017

LYING: East Coast

VIEWING: Through the brokers –

CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE – 01905-356482 /  info@classicyachtbrokerage.co.uk